admit defeat


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admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. Well, I ran a good campaign, but it is time I admitted defeat in this election.
See also: admit, defeat
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Brown and the other political game show hosts should admit defeat and let's hope 206 troops sacrificed are enough to reach common sense, and not 1206 troops.
The 34-year-old - who has not appeared in any of the Red Devils' matches so far this season - will finally admit defeat in his fight
And according to a national newspaper, the 34-year-old - who has not appeared in any of United's matches so far this season - will finally admit defeat in his long-running battle with injury and call it a day.
The Elland Road club have had to admit defeat in their bid to sign Stern John but Kevin Blackwell is desperate to land Albion's unsettled star.
Heart problems put paid to Ugandan international Livingstone's (above) career while O'Neill's frustrating battle with a back complaint finally forced him to admit defeat and lock away his boots for good.
There comes a time, however, when even the good-hearted must admit defeat.
Could it be reluctance to admit defeat in the battle of the elements?
Barnet boss John Still said: "We battled hard and will never give up and never admit defeat.
Her conclusion that former inmates "decided" on conformity cannot convey the complexity of her subjects' emotional lives, their need to please as well as to shock, to boast as well as to admit defeat and seek solace.
Resin suppliers generally had to admit defeat in their most recent attempts to raise prices of PET, PP and PS.
FULHAM must admit defeat in their bid to sign West Ham forward Ravel Morrison, at least in the short-term, according to boss Rene Meulensteen.
However, it's time to pack away my bucket and spade and admit defeat.
However, the County Carlow trainer was forced to admit defeat with exactly two weeks to go before the start of the showpiece fixture, and Punchestown will now be the aim.
However, they were forced to admit defeat less than 45 minutes before kick-off.
But just 12 months after launching in April last year, the airline's chief executive, Malcolm Naylor, has had to admit defeat because of the lack of traffic seen by the airline.